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Alphabet Stories July 27

Alphabet today announced Q2 2021 earnings with $61.88 billion in revenue. These numbers range from April to June, and reflect an increasing return to normal in some industries.

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Alphabet Stories July 23

Alphabet, and Google before it, has a long history of exploring robots. The latest effort is in the form of a new company called Intrinsic that is entirely focused on making software tools for training industrial robotics.

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Alphabet Stories April 27

Alphabet this afternoon reported big Q1 earnings with notable year-over-year growth as ad spending returned. In prepared remarks, CEO Sundar Pichai told investors to expect “significant product updates and announcements” at Google I/O 2021 next month.

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Alphabet Stories March 16

The world of Star Trek featured a handheld device that was used to scan the health of patients. In 2014, it came to light that Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory” was trying to create such a gadget, with that effort currently housed in Verily Life Sciences. It has now emerged that the X division was working on another tricorder project in 2019, but has since canceled “Maya.”

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Alphabet Stories February 2

Alphabet today announced Q4 2020 earnings with $56.9 billion in revenue. These numbers range from October to December, and include the holiday season.

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Alphabet Stories January 21

One of X’s more well-known projects used balloons to deliver internet service to areas that lack existing network infrastructure. Alphabet announced today that it was shutting down Loon given difficulties commercializing the effort.

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Alphabet Stories January 4

Following the firing of AI researcher Timnit Gebru in December, more than 225 Google employees in the United States have announced that they have formed a union, a first within Alphabet’s umbrella.

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Alphabet Stories October 29, 2020

Alphabet today announced Q3 2020 earnings with $46.2 billion in revenue. These numbers range from July to September, and includes the continuing impact of COVID-19.

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Alphabet Stories August 21, 2020

Report: Alphabet considered TikTok investment as part of group bid

TikTok is currently looking for a buyer before the November 12th deadline imposed by President Trump. The social media service will be banned unless there’s an acquisition, and many companies from Microsoft and Oracle to Twitter have been rumored to be in the running. A new report today says that Alphabet looked into making a TikTok investment as part of a broader group bid.

Alphabet Stories August 3, 2020

Alphabet borrows $10 billion with focus on sustainability bonds

Google’s parent company today announced a $10 billion debt offering amid low interest rates and friendly market conditions. The big focus for Alphabet is on sustainability bonds for environmental and social initiatives.

Alphabet Stories July 30, 2020

Alphabet today announced Q2 2020 earnings with $38.3 billion in revenue. These numbers range from April to June, and includes the impact of COVID-19.

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Alphabet Stories June 25, 2020

While Glass lives on as an enterprise product, it never came close to reaching Google’s wildly ambitious vision of replacing the smartphone. Others have since entered the smart glasses space, with North being one of the more notable players. Alphabet is now rumored to be acquiring North after Focals sold poorly.

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Alphabet Stories May 22, 2020

Tech companies are well-positioned to work from home, with Mark Zuckerberg this week announcing a permanent remote shift for Facebook. Those plans were praised by some and debated by others. In another interview this week, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his outlook for work at Google.

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Alphabet Stories May 9, 2020

Eric Schmidt was Google’s second CEO from 2001 to 2011 and famously known for acting as “adult supervision” during the company’s early years. The top job was eventually handed back to co-founder Larry Page, with Schmidt serving as executive chairmen of Google and later Alphabet. His last role was as technical advisor, and it emerged today that he departed earlier this year.

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Alphabet Stories April 28, 2020

Alphabet today announced Q1 2020 earnings with $41.16 billion in revenue. These numbers range from January to March, and includes the impact of COVID-19.

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Alphabet Stories March 2, 2020

Last March, reports emerged that Waymo was seeking outside investors to reduce cost and boost valuation. A year later, the Alphabet company announced that it has raised $2.25 billion in external investments.

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Alphabet Stories March 1, 2020

Notable X projects include self-driving cars, delivery drones, and internet balloons. Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory is now taking another stab at helping the environment with Tidal —  a “moonshot to protect the ocean and feed humanity sustainably.”

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Alphabet Stories February 18, 2020

Since Sundar Pichai’s appointment to Alphabet CEO last December, there have been a number of high-level changes. The latest sees the parent company today pull support for offshore wind kites developed by former X project Makani.

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Alphabet Stories February 10, 2020

Jigsaw is an Alphabet company focussed on tackling global security challenges through technology. According to a new report today, Jigsaw has been moved back within Google.

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Alphabet Stories February 3, 2020

Alphabet today announced Q4 2019 earnings with $46.075 billion in revenue. These numbers range from October to December, and includes the busy holiday shopping season for Made by Google’s hardware efforts.

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Alphabet Stories January 19, 2020

In his first big public move since being appointed the CEO of Alphabet last month, Sundar Pichai today called for AI regulation to govern how the promising new technology is leveraged.

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Alphabet Stories January 16, 2020

Since the start of this week, investors have been waiting for Alphabet to hit a market value of $1 trillion. Google’s parent today joins only three other companies to ever hit that marker.

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Alphabet Stories January 10, 2020

Longtime Google employee David Drummond is retiring from Alphabet on January 31. In addition to being chief legal officer of the parent company, he leads corporate development.

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Alphabet Stories December 20, 2019

Sundar Pichai is one of the highest-paid executives in the world. Alphabet today outlined his new compensation package for the expanded role he’s taking on as CEOs of both Google and the parent company.

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Alphabet Stories December 9, 2019

Alphabet appoints Nobel chemistry laureate Frances Arnold to board of directors

Following Sundar Pichai becoming CEO of Alphabet last week, the next corporate change is a new member of the parent company’s board of directors. Frances Arnold brings her experience as a Nobel chemistry laureate and CalTech professor.

Alphabet Stories December 3, 2019

Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced this afternoon that current Google CEO Sundar Pichai is also taking on the role of Alphabet chief executive. This is described by the co-founders as a move to simplify management.

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Alphabet Stories November 7, 2019

Report: Alphabet’s cybersecurity startup Chronicle struggling inside Google Cloud

Early last year, X unveiled Chronicle as the moonshot lab’s latest graduate. Joining Alphabet, it was focused on cybersecurity and included VirusTotal. Back in June, it was folded into Google Cloud where it’s now apparently struggling.

Alphabet Stories October 28, 2019

Alphabet today announced Q3 2019 earnings with $40.49 billion in revenue. These numbers range from July to September, and did not entirely meet analyst expectations. expand full story

Last month, reports first emerged that Fitbit was considering a sale and Google’s parent company was tentatively floated as a possible candidate. Reuters this morning is reporting that Alphabet has made an offer to acquire the wearable company.

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Alphabet Stories July 25, 2019

With the year well underway, Alphabet today announced Q2 2019 earnings with $38.94 billion in revenue. These numbers range from April to June, and slightly surpassed expectations with the stock up 7.39% in after-hours trading.

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Alphabet Stories June 27, 2019

Chronicle is an Alphabet company dedicated to enterprise cybersecurity. After graduating from the X Moonshot Factory in early 2018, it is now joining Google Cloud.

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Alphabet Stories April 30, 2019

Following Alphabet’s Q1 2019 earnings yesterday, the parent company announced a number of changes to its board of directors. Eric Schmidt and Diane Greene are not seeking re-election and will be leaving later this year.

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Alphabet yesterday reported disappointing Q1 2019 earnings that led to the stock falling in after-hours trading and an over 8% drop Tuesday morning. The company missed revenue by about a billion dollars as ad revenue growth slowed amid worries that advertisers are moving to Facebook and Amazon.

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Alphabet Stories April 29, 2019

Alphabet this afternoon reported Q1 2019 net income of $6.6 billion on $36.33 billion in revenue. The stock is down over 7% in after-hours trading following a revenue miss. During the earnings call, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat noted a similar decline for Pixel sales. Google also confirmed the May 7th hardware announcement for I/O 2019.

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Alphabet today announced Q1 2019 earnings to start the new year with revenue of $36.33 billion. It notably takes into account the $1.7 billion fine levied by the European Commission over Google AdSense violations. These numbers range from January to March, and did not meet analysis expectations with the stock down over 4% in after-hours trading.

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Alphabet Stories April 11, 2019

Alphabet’s relationship with Uber is wide-ranging and increasingly contentious. The ridesharing company filed its S1 today ahead of an initial public offering. A number of details about the relationship were revealed, including Uber’s usage of Google Maps and the Waymo threat.

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Alphabet Stories March 18, 2019

DeepMind — quite prominently — claims to be the “world leader in artificial intelligence research.” AlphaGo and AlphaStar certainly lend credence to that title, but the Alphabet division’s end goal is artificial general intelligence (AGI). If it ever achieves that landmark accomplishment, DeepMind — and not its parent company — will reportedly retain control.

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Alphabet Stories February 12, 2019

In other energy-related developments today, Alphabet’s Makani energy kite project is graduating from the X Moonshot Factory. It is partnering with oil and gas giant Shell to expand to offshore environments as part of becoming an independent Alphabet company.

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Alphabet Stories February 4, 2019

Alphabet today announced its Q4 2018 earnings to wrap up the last fiscal year. Including the busy holiday season, Google and the other companies earned $39.27 billion, up 22% from the same quarter last year. These numbers range from October to December and slightly surpassed analyst expectations, but the stock is currently down 3.69% in after hours trading.

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Alphabet Stories January 10, 2019

Last October, an investigative report detailed how Google shielded top executives like Andy Rubin following accusations of sexual misconduct. Instead of being explicitly fired, their departures included massive compensation packages. Alphabet shareholders today filed suit against the board of directors claiming “breaches of fiduciary duties.”

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Alphabet Stories January 3, 2019

After Waymo, Verily is Alphabet’s next most promising ‘bet’ by focussing on how technology can revolutionize healthcare and medicine in the coming years. To fund “growth and innovation,” Verily today announced a $1 billion investment round.

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Alphabet Stories December 26, 2018

Retailers and tech companies like Alphabet and Amazon are exploring drones to more efficiently deliver goods to customers. Wing graduated from the X Moonshot Factory in July, but has been conducting tests for several years now. A new report details what living with the pilot program is like.

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Alphabet Stories December 19, 2018

Technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare over the coming years with Google internally spinning up a health division, while Alphabet has Verily. The latter today announced a strategic partnership with Walgreens on multiple projects to help patients with chronic conditions, and lower the cost of care.

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Alphabet Stories December 5, 2018

Nine years since the Google Self-Driving Car Project began and over 10 million autonomous miles later, the company today announced the launch of Waymo One. The Alphabet division is launching the first public self-driving service in Phoenix, Arizona and fully detailing how hailing an autonomous vehicle works.

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Alphabet Stories December 4, 2018

Back in July, Wing graduated from X to become its own independent company within Alphabet. After testing in Australia, the drone delivery division is expanding to Europe with a trial in Finland this spring.

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Alphabet Stories November 30, 2018

One of Alphabet’s lesser known companies is focussed on reimagining cities for the future through “cutting-edge technology.” An experiment is underway to create this new kind of space in Toronto, with Sidewalk Labs this week publishing a draft site plan that dives into affordability, infrastructure, and sustainability.

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Alphabet Stories November 20, 2018

Late last year, Eric Schmidt stepped down as Alphabet’s chairman, with the company appointing John Hennessy to the role. A former president of Stanford University, the chairman talked about Google’s China plans, Larry Page, and more in an interview with Bloomberg.

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Alphabet Stories November 16, 2018

One of Verily’s first projects was to make contact lenses that could detect glucose levels from teardrops. Less invasive than fingertip blood pricks for people living with diabetes, the Alphabet company and partner Alcon today announced that it is putting that project “on hold” due to the diabetes premise not being suitable.

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